Habit … or something else

Habits are good for you. Well, good habits are. Brushing your teeth. Washing your hands. Pleases and thank-yous. Exercising. Things we are taught at a very young age. We do things over and over again so they become second nature. Most of the time, we don’t really thing about them.

We also have chores. Things we do regularly that usually involve some sort of work. We may not like our chores. Taking out the garbage. Doing dishes. Cleaning up after the pets.

There are also things we like to do that may be a bit of both. Exercising, relaxing, yard work, organizing the house or washing the car.

But what about your time spent with God? We like to call this ‘Our Devotions’ time. What does yours look like? Read a few verses? Offer a short prayer? Read a devotional book, calendar, etc?

The definition from an online dictionary says that devotion is ‘the selfless affection and dedication, as to a person or principle’ (https://www.wordnik.com/words/devotion)

Do you approach your time with God as a habit, a chore or a desire? You might be doing it habitually: regularly get up in the morning, read a chapter or two and spend time in prayer. I would say that is a great habit to have. But if you aren’t really thinking about what you are doing or reading or saying, it’s not really doing much for your growth with God.

It may seem more of a chore to you, something to get over and done with. Maybe you are being forced to do it by your parents and don’t see the importance of it. This approach may have been modeled for you too. There is no desire in this.

As a Christian, I feel that it is important to spend time alone with God. Christianity is all about the relationship we have with him. You can compare your relationships with your parents, children, friends etc. If you don’t spend time with them, your relationship suffers. It’s the same with our relationship with God. I’m finding that now more than ever during COVID isolation. I need to be reminded and renewed daily of his power and presence.

Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

How do we break free from the influence of the world? By renewing our mind! How do we know if what is right and wrong? By renewing our mind!

Remember when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the early chapters of the gospels? How did Jesus respond? He quoted scripture! He defended Satan by reciting verses! Explain to me how we can defeat Satan and sin if we can’t first recognize it or know how to win over it?

Luke 5:16 
But he (Jesus) would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

After being busy all day, even Jesus need time to refresh. He would regularly seek isolation to be in the presence of his Father. If Jesus did this, we need to be doing the same.

I don’t have a perfect solution for everyone on how to do devotions. I like getting up early with my Bible and a devotional book and spending around 30-45 minutes before breakfast reading and praying. Each person is different and we each have a personal relationship with God. This is between you and him.

Reflection:

What does your time with God look like?


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